My Darling Clementine

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Thursday, 6 July 2017
Exeter Phoenix

For what began life as something of a side project for Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish, a labour of love, a homage to the classic country duets of the 60s and 70s , My Darling Clementine is now very much part of the country and Americana landscape. 3 critically acclaimed albums, over 400 shows across Europe and N. America, numerous accolades and awards has placed the band at the forefront of the burgeoning Americana scene.

The debut How Do You Plead? was produced by Neil Brockbank (Nick Lowe, Jim Lauderdale, Tift Merritt) and featured some of London’s finest musicians from the 70s pub rock era. Players who understood ‘classic country’. Released in 2011, it was immediately acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. Country Music People called it ‘the greatest British country record ever made’ while American Songwriter stated ‘this is as authentic as anything out of Nashville or Texas…A batch of superb C&W corkers.’ Such praise led to a US record deal and invitations to appear at the Americana Music Association in Nashville and SXSW in Austin in 2013.

In 2015 Michael & Lou took something of an artistic departure, and collaborated with best-selling crime writer Mark Billingham on an audiobook, a stage play and album called The Other Half. The song and story project, set in a run down bar in downtown Memphis, and told through the eyes of former Vegas show girl. The album also featured guest appearances by the actor David Morrissey and iconic British singer songwriter Graham Parker.

After 18 months of touring The Other Half – time for album number 4. Reuniting with Neil Brockbank, the new album, Still Testifying, was recorded over the summer of 2016 and will be released in May 2017 Stylistically, it is a further shifting away from classic country to embrace gospel and country soul… ‘more Delaney & Bonnie than George & Tammy’.

But if the musical landscape has changed then the message and tone of the songs stay pretty constant. two adults, a man and woman, singing to each, about each other, for and against each other.